Nayra and the Djinn (Paperback)
In this coming-of-age graphic novel with a fantastical twist, Nayra Mansour, a Muslim American girl, is helped on her journey to selfhood by a djinn.
Nothing is going right for Nayra Mansour. There's the constant pressure from her strict family, ruthless bullying from her classmates, and exhausting friendship demands from Rami –the only other Muslim girl at school. Nayra has had enough. Just when she's considering transferring schools to escape it all, a mysterious djinn named Marjan appears.
As a djinn, a mythical being in Islamic folklore, Marjan uses their powers and wisdom to help Nayra navigate her overwhelming life. But Marjan's past is fraught with secrets, guilt, and trouble, and if they don’t face what they’ve done, Nayra could pay the price.
In this beautifully illustrated graphic novel, Iasmin Omar Ata has created a realistic coming-of-age story with an enchanting dose of the fantastical about strength, identity, and, most of all, friendship.
About the Author
Iasmin Omar Ata is an intersectional comics artist, illustrator, and game designer. Iasmin focuses on creating art centered around the themes of coping with illness, understanding identity, and dismantling oppressive structures.
"Key cultural and religious details are skillfully integrated in ways that feel authentically part of the story, with Ramadan providing a logistical framework that aligns with Nayra’s transformative narrative arc . . . There is an economy of words in this graphic novel that narrows focus on the extraordinary use of color. Subtle and powerful emotions, changes between djinn and human worlds, and the passage of time are all conveyed as much through shifting hues and palettes as they are through the text or the striking illustrations themselves. This makes for an ultimately hopeful coming-of-age story that expertly cues readers to emotionally connect with Nayra’s growth." --BCCB
"Presenting a slice of life with a tinge of magic, the story’s overall mellow tone is heightened by the color palette’s deep jewel tones. . . Fresh and interesting." --Kirkus
"A captivating use of Islamic beliefs and culture to share with readers the importance of rebuilding relationships and standing up for oneself." --SLJ